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With the month of February, Black History Month, having come to a close, the New Era publishing a story about the African-American cemetery in Hopkinsville being reclaimed and restored and Chris Rock giving clever, tactful and thought-provoking comments about diversity in the film industry d…

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In 1989 at the Kentucky Derby, I had a ticket for the winner, Sunday Silence. My reasoning for betting on that horse made about as much sense as any other way of choosing a winner. I know next to nothing about betting on horse races.

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Many of us have tuned in for the last time to see David Letterman. After 33 years, it’s hard to say goodbye. He’s a good-natured, down to earth guy who could be critical without being offensive.

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Remember a puzzle called Connect the Dots that we played when we were children? We worked to find the right consecutive number to connect one dot to another until we had the “big picture.” It was a good way to learn numbers, and it was gratifying to see what the picture turned out to be when…

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The New Year is a good time to reflect on the past and assess the future. Early last year, Jennifer P. Brown, opinion editor of the New Era, asked me if I would like to write a guest column. I was flattered that she would ask, and I told her I would give it a try and see how things went. Peo…

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This is a story about a fence. It is really about more than just a fence.  I read John David Dyche’s column in the New Era last week, in which he discussed fear and what conservatives fear. He harkened to the days when World War II began, using Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote that “the only th…

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Some of us remember receiving children’s magazines in the mail when we were little kids, before we started school. My mother subscribed to Highlights and Jack & Jill magazines for me. Because I was an only child who lived on a farm where there were no other children my age to play with, …

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Every week, my husband and I take turns going to Gower Elementary School in Nashville, our grandson’s school, to help out in his classroom. He is in the second grade; we started this when he was in kindergarten. His teacher has been teaching for 25 years, but, speaking from experience, no ma…

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